Too much Festivus cheer?
- Evergreen hangover advice – Acetaldehyde is the toxic byproduct made by the liver when you drink alcohol, too much in your bloodstream the "morning after, the night before" and you will have a hangover. According to my friend Dr John Emsley at the RSC, honey on toast is the chemist's answer to this age-old problem, that and drinking clear spirits instead of wines, beers, or whisky. My preference full-bodied reds, the love of a good woman and a heavy-duty fry up in the morning.
- Chemical happenings on the web – This week, the Alchemist hears how starfish mucus could be the next lead in anti-inflammatory drug research, while chromatography uses macrocyclic starch molecules to go green. News of an arsenic-based bacteria is greatly exaggerated (allegedly) but energy-rich waste water may be the fuel of the future. In organic supramolecular ionic chemistry, the pyrrole unit helps a Japanese team synthesis nanostructured fibrous and soft materials. Finally, the 2012 ACS president is announced.